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    The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    A post from Sledgey got me thinking about the best players I've seen at my club during my time as a supporter, which is now 20 years. This doesn't include players from the past that I've not seen, or when I was not supporting the club.

    For me from a Melbourne perspective, here are the top 5:
    1. Jimmy Stynes
    2. David Neitz
    3. Garry Lyon
    4. Jeff Farmer
    5. Adem Yze

    The Ox David Schwartz is an honourable mention on talent alone. Nathan Jones does not quite make the list, as good as he has become in the last two years.

    I'm hoping that in 10 years time, this list looks very different and it contains names like Petracca, Viney, Brayshaw, Hogan and Neal-Bullen.

    Interested to read the thoughts of others in respect of their own clubs.
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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    Fremantle has one of the easier ones, where 3-4 of the names pick themselves. In order of games played the top 4 are:
    Pavlich
    McPharlin
    Sandilands
    Fyfe

    The fifth then becomes a raffle amongst the likes of Bell, Mundy, Hasleby, Clem Michael, etc. The likes of Farmer, Headland, Modra, Black all played better footy elsewhere.

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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    Very tough, here is my top 5 in history at WCE that I saw play live :-

    1. Peter Matera
    2. Ben Cousins
    3. Chris Judd
    4. Glen Jakovich
    5. Daniel Kerr

    Extremely unlucky/very close :- Dean Cox/Dean Kemp/Guy McKenna/John Worsfold/Darren Glass.
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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    1. James Hird
    2. Matthew Lloyd
    3. Dustin Fletcher
    4. Jobe Watson
    5. Brendon Goddard (if we're counting his time at St Kilda)/Michael Long

    Top 4 pick themselves.
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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    If we're counting their time at other clubs Wayne Carey would have to get a gig in the Crows list

    Alas I'll just count their contributions to AFC.

    1) Ricciuto
    2) McLeod
    3) Modra
    4) Jarman
    5) Goodwin

    Those unlucky to miss out are Edwards, Hart, Rehn, Rutten & Thompson.

    I find it incredibly hard to separate McLeod & Roo as the years go on. I feel like Roo was the better player by less than an inch, but we miss McLeod so much more.
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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    @Ben the Gooner - surprised at no Tim Watson, before your time I guess to really appreciate him?
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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    Tim retired when I was 2, so yeah, he, Simon Madden and Terry Daniher make it an incredibly difficult list for people 10-15 years older than me.
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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    Thinking back to players from the early 90s, I reckon there's a category of players in which only maybe 4 modern players fall.

    How many guys can you think of that can make this list for two clubs based on their time at that club only (i.e. not like Goddard, although if this CAS stuff keeps dragging on, he might become an all time Essendon legend simply for his leadership in a crisis)?

    I can think of Gavin Wanganeen, Chris Judd, Gary Ablett and Tony Lockett.

    I think we got the best of Wanga while Port got most of him.
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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    Jarman would give Hawthorn's a shake. But they had some ridiculous talent so he's probably an honourable mention on their list.

    Also see how Buddy's 9 year deal pans out I suppose
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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    Shaun Burgoyne would have to be up there I reckon.
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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    What is Hawthorn's list though?

    Was Burgoyne better than Buddy, Roughead, Crawford, Mitchell & Hodge?

    It's the same issue Jarman has. That's before the likes of Matthews & Ayres were thrown into the mix by older heads
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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    Yeah, Burgoyne's not top 5 at Hawthorn (possibly not even at Port, although he's definitely on the shortlist). The 4 guys I listed are 4 of the top 15-20 players of the last 30 years. Wanganeen and Lockett are the best players in their respective positions in that time, and arguably ever.

    Hawthorn's top 5 in my time are probably Hodge, Mitchell, Crawford, Franklin and Roughead. Anyone who's even 5-10 years older caught the end of the 1980s era stars (Chris Langford for example).
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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    Brisbane's one would be very interesting given the sort of players they had running around in the early 00's - Aker, Voss, Brown, Black, Lappin all come to mind and there are a number of others I'm sure would be worthy of a mention/possibly ahead of one of these guys?

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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    Power is also in the mix with Brisbane.

    But I couldn't kick any of Aker, Voss, Lynch, Brown or Black out of their top 5 though.

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    Re: The 5 best players you've seen at your club

    Leppitsch needs some serious consideration as well.
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